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Sudanese president, his first deputy show keenness to end crisis

October 28, 2007 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese President and his first deputy have reaffirmed their keenness to end the political crisis in the government of national unity following the withdrawal of the SPLM from the cabinet earlier this month.

Bashir_Salva_Kiir_Juba-2.jpgPresident Omer al-Bashir, and First Vice – President, Salva Kiir, have affirmed their keenness to enhance the relation between the two partners through constructive dialogue toward consolidating the partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) for implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

The two Sudanese leaders met on Sunday noon at the premises of the Council of Ministers.

They also deliberated on the recent visit of President al-Bashir to Libya and the situation of the current negotiations in Serte, Libya, between the government and armed movements of Darfur.

SPLM, which signed the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) with the NCP government in January 2005 to end a 21-year conflict between them, decided on Oct. 11 to withhold the participation of its ministers in the government.

The SPLM’s key gripes include the failure of northern troops to redeploy from the south, demarcation of north south border and the disputed status of the oil rich Abyei area.

(ST)

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